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Clashes rage in rebel bastions of Syria’s Aleppo

Locals pick through the rubble of a destroyed school Wednedsay, after it was hit by an air strike, in town of Tal Rifat, Syria, on the outskirts of  Aleppo.  AP photo

Syrians check the damage of a destroyed school after it was hit by an air strike killing six Syrians in town of Tal Rifat on the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. In another sign of violence continuing throughout Syria, Syrian fighter jets carried out air strikes early Wednesday on the village of Tel Rifat north of Aleppo, hitting a home and a high school and killing six people from the same family, residents said. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

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From page A2 | August 09, 2012 |

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between government troops and rebels raged Thursday in opposition bastions of the besieged city of Aleppo as President Bashar Assad’s key state backer Iran prepared to host a gathering of allies for talks on how to end the conflict.

The regime pressed its new assault on Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial hub, for a second day. But blistering attacks on rebel positions from the ground and the air appear to be only slowly chipping away at the opposition’s grip on its strongholds.

The state news agency claimed Wednesday that Assad’s force had regained control of the Salaheddine neighborhood, the main rebel area in Aleppo. But activists said rebels were still putting up a fight there on Thursday.

“It’s difficult to know exactly what’s going on because of the scale of the bombing, but the rebels are still fighting,” Aleppo-based activist Mohammad Saeed told The Associated Press by Skype.

He said troops were using warplanes and tanks to shell the towns of Hreitan and Tel Rifat, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Aleppo, from where most of the rebels converged on the city.

“They are trying to cut the main lines from Tel Rifat to Aleppo,” he said.

Syrian fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday on Tel Rifat, hitting a home and a high school and killing six people from one family, residents said.

They said government forces often shelled the village, but that this had been the first airstrike. They acknowledged that there were some rebels in the village, though an Associated Press reporter saw no armed men during a brief drive through the area.

Aleppo holds great symbolic and strategic importance. Some 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Turkish border, it has been a pillar of regime support during the uprising. An opposition victory there would allow easier access for weapons and fighters from Turkey, where many rebels are based.

State television in Iran, Syria’s closest ally in the Middle East, said Tehran was hosting a conference of “friends” of Syria in the hope of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister in charge of Arabic and African countries, said representatives from 15 countries will attend, including ones from powerful Russia and China, as well as Pakistan, Iraq, Algeria and Venezuela. Russia’s foreign ministry said Moscow will attend the talks hosted by Iran, represented by its ambassador in the capital Tehran.

The meeting was called at short notice.

Russia in the past has urged the West to allow Tehran to take part in international discussions on how to settle the Syrian crisis, arguing that the Islamic republic could play an important role. Moscow has been the main protector and ally of Assad’s regime, shielding it from the United Nations sanctions over its brutal crackdown on an uprising that has evolved into a full-blown civil war.

Assad, meanwhile, appointed a new prime minister to replace the one who defected to neighboring Jordan this week in a humiliating blow to the regime. State-run news agency SANA said Assad appointed Health Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi, a member of the ruling Baath party who hails from the southern city of Daraa, birthplace of the 17-months-old Syrian uprising.

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By Zeina Karam

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